Filmwerk Kalliope is a non-profit association dedicated to the development of artistic documentaries and feature films. It was founded in 2017 by Sophia Schiller and Marie Falke during their studies at the University of Arts in Karlsruhe. With the production of installations and media art alongside film, the Filmwerk spans a cinematic arc between exhibition spaces and the cinema as a cultural meeting place. The main goal is to promote film art and culture, without the intention of making a profit - income that exceeds costs goes into new productions. In 2023 Gerrit Kuge and Max Viktor Herbert joined Filmwerk Kalliope as active members.
GERRIT KUGE born in Böblingen in 1989. From 2014 to 2019 he studied media art with a focus on film at the University of Arts in Karlsruhe with Răzvan Rădulescu. He graduated with the short film 'The Death of My Mother'. Kuges productions premiere at various international festivals, including the 2019 Max Ophüls Festival, the DocLisboa International Film Festival, the U.S. 2020 Tallahassee Film Festival, Kaboom Festival Utrecht and Animafest Zagreb 2023. He works as a writer, director and in sound design.
MARIE FALKE born in Wuppertal in 1991, studied film at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe with Thomas Heise, Andrei Ujica, Răzvan Rădulescu and Dana Bunescu. Her films have been screened at various festivals, including DocLisboa, dokKa Karlsruhe and Athens Avant Garde Film Festival. In 2019, she received the Federal Award for Art Students. Since 2021 she is a Postgraduate at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. She works as a director and film editor.
MAX VIKTOR HERBERT born in Tübingen in 1992, studied Media Art at the University of Arts and Design Karlsruhe and the Central Academy of Fine Arts Beijing in China. He is an artist and filmmaker, working both in documentary film and video art. Herberts films were shown at numerous international festivals and received multiple Artist's Scholarships. His recent film 'Conflicting Image' had its World Premiere at the Visioni Dal Mondo Documentary Filmfestival in Milano 2022. He works as a visual artist and director.
SOPHIA SCHILLER born in Rottweil in 1992, studied Media Art and Film at the University of Arts and Design in Karlsruhe. She has been involved as editor and cinematographer in several projects by Portuguese Moving Image artist João Tabarra. Her works as a screenwriter and director have premiered at numerous festivals, including Doclisboa, Max Ophüls Preis and Black Nights Film Festival Tallinn. In 2021, she received an Artist Fellowship of the Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg. She works as a writer, producer and director.